On busy days, HIPAA regulations are easily violated, in which the simplest errors can wreak havoc within your practice, such as proper disposal of PHI.
Examples of PHI are:
Under the HIPAA Security Rule, covered entities are required to create policies and procedures to address the handling of paper and electronic disposal of PHI in your facility.
Here are a few tips about PHI disposal:
After the policies and procedures are created, revise, train your staff, and conduct internal monitoring regularly to ensure disposal is handled appropriately.
We know this may appear tedious within your practice but always remember ‘why’ you are doing it. Every time you make a conscious decision to protect PHI, you are avoiding penalties, protecting the patient from identity theft, discrimination, and harm to their reputation.
**The opinions and observations from the group/author are not a promise to exempt your practice from fines and penalties. Research, modify, and tailor the advice to fit your specialty.